Archive for “contemporary culture”

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New (to me) disability band name! “An Autumn for Crippled Children”

Posted February 18th, 2012 by Anthony

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Year end wrap up: Wild Man Fischer, the Godfather of Outsider Music Dies

Posted December 18th, 2011 by Anthony

Disabled Hit ParadeThe first outsider artist I remember was Wild Man Fischer. I heard his recording, “Songs for Sale,” on one of the great Warner Bros/Reprise sampler double LPs, “The 1969 Warner/Rerpise Songbook.”

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Art opening in LA with 3 of my pieces, 6-9 pm 8/19/11

Posted August 19th, 2011 by Anthony

“Equity for All Artists,” is at Gallery 85 on La Cienega in LA. It’s sponsored by the LA Art Association with a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The reception is Friday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 on August 19, 2011.

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Death Metal & Grindcore Band Names

Posted May 6th, 2011 by Anthony

Disabled Hit ParadeIt must be hard coming up with a compelling name for your death metal band. It seems that every combination must have been used, but these are creative people.

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A wheelchair using DJ in new movie “Sympathy for Delicious”

Posted April 29th, 2011 by Anthony

According to the New York Times review this morning there is a new movie, “Sympathy for Delicious.” It’s the directorial debut for Mark Ruffalo. It tells the story of a wheelchair user who only wants to be a rock star DJ but his ability to miraculously heal everyone but himself keeps getting in his way. […]

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Happy Holidays!

Posted December 22nd, 2010 by Anthony

Happy 2010 HolidaysIn the latest news from the Penngrove Disabled Action Brigade, the advocacy group has once again published holiday greetings.

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Armless Barbie

Posted October 18th, 2010 by Anthony

In today’s entries to the Disability in the Humanities listserv, DS-HUM, there was a discussion of a new album cover of Nikki Minaj. I couldn’t resist opining: It looks like the Pink Friday album cover is a continuation of Nikki Minaj’s redefinition and playing with the images of women rappers. From a quick reading of […]

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Wheelchairs, Jocks, Geeks & Glee

Posted May 25th, 2010 by Anthony

Under the influence of our 14 year old, dance-crazed neighbor I’ve watched Glee from the beginning. (Under her influence I’ve also watched every episode of So You Think You Can Dance for the past three years.)

On first watch of Glee I was impressed with how exaggerated and over the top the show was. It also had irony and a bite—a send-up rather than a satire. The characters are hyper-stereotypes. representing some of the more visible high school cliques, in particular, jocks, cheerleaders, and the glee club members (who are at the bottom of the high school pecking order.) The plot is almost always unbelievable yet based on our painful perceptions of high school, which is part of the fun.

For awhile I was confused about the role of the wheelchair-using glee club member, Artie.

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Google & Zazzle-time wasters

Posted February 25th, 2010 by Anthony

Wheelchair T-shirt designBuff Bagwell was a US wrestler who used a wheelchair for prop. This was years ago. I found an action figure of him. Pushing a button on the back of the wheelchair caused the wrestler figure to leap out of his wheelchair—strange, but kind of cool.

Today, not being able to remember his name, I googled wheelchair wrestler. Wow! I became lost for hours. The most fun and the biggest time sink was on Zazzle. Zazzle is a site where one can “create your own one-of-a-kind product.” I found a T-shirt with wheelchair Sumo wrestlers! Once I started searching for “wheelchair,” “gimp,” “disabled,” etc I was lost for the next half hour.

My favorite T-shirt design is this:

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VSA Postcard Project

Posted February 9th, 2010 by Anthony

I managed to make the deadline for the VSA Arts Postcard Project. The theme was to create a postcard with the artist’s definition of disability.


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